Kiwi sails the Northwest Passage solo in 12 days...Classic Wooden Boat Show coming up...suddenly alone- would you know what to do? Webinar/seminar...flotilla sailing in Croatia...and much more...

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 30 Sep 2010
 


More adventure sailors who just don't give up...

More adventurous sailors show what's possible if you don't ever give up.  .
Echoes from last week's story about Donna Lange, the sailor who just never gave up, even when her yacht had beached itself, which is usually the death of a sailing boat. This week two more sailing adventurers are in the news, and again each is a practical demonstration of how, if you have a dream, you should never never give up.

The first is a New Zealand sailor who on his second try has just transited the dreaded Northwest Passage solo in an amazing 12 days.

Then there's the British Grandmother who is just about to start her third attempt at a circumnavigation, non-stop and unassisted. Read what happened on her first two attempts, and be lost in admiration, as I am, for her perseverance.

Suddenly alone! - Would you know what to do? Now, from the comfort of your home, you can participate in a webinar about this most vexing nightmare scenario, particularly for the second crew member on a short-handed boat. The first of this series starts on 5th October, plenty of time to book. It happens at 0000GMT, so you can work out your own time, depending on where you are in Australia.

We profile the Beneteau Sense 50 this week, and what a sleek boat she is! The Classic Wooden Boat Festival is coming up at Darling Harbour in Sydney on 16/17 October. Read all about it below and, if you're going to be anywhere near Sydney, mark your diary.

There's a gladdening trickle of accounts each edition about new efforts to preserve our precious air and ocean:

This week read how and why Exuma has won the Monaco Yacht Show's Green Award (but what about the 'toys'?), also read about Tang, the first of a new generation of hybrid catamarans. Britain is in the Green news too, with a hazard for its sailors - hundreds of windmills in the Thames Estuary to make the world's largest ocean windfarm.

If you're a stay-at-home sailor, this issue's cruising tale will make you yearn to be out there - It's a dreamy account of sailing in Croatia; it's good to see some heroic Fijian seamen being honoured for their successful efforts to rescue international cruising sailors; and there are also several practical articles to check or improve your seamanship.

A lot more too, so browse the stories to find what interests you, and...

Sweet sailing!


Nancy Knudsen, Editor



New Zealander sails the Northwest Passage solo in 12 days
Nancy Knudsen,
A New Zealander has this season transited the Northwest Passage, solo, in 12 days on his yacht, Astral Express. Graeme Kendall, who last made the attempt in 2005 and was forced to turn back, has finally achieved his dream. It has also garnered him a world record for the fastest solo passage through the dreaded Passage.... [more]
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How to get to a Waypoint without hitting the rocks in between
Grant Headifen,
Let's begin with an example. Recently on our NauticEd flotilla with the Moorings to the Kingdom of Tonga we wanted to pass through the Fanua Tapu Pass which is a gap in the reef to get to the eastern islands of the Vava'u archipelago. Normally the gap is marked by a series of buoys, however the latest storm ate them.... [more]
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Tang, the hybrid catamaran, harbinger of things to come
Sail-World Cruising,
She's called Tang, and she looks just like a normal catamaran, but normal she's not, she's the harbinger of things to come. US designer and manufacturer of large-format batteries International Battery is joining hands with Electric Marine Propulsion(EMP) to build hybrid power units for big boats and yachts.... [more]
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New non-stop solo global sail attempt: a grandmother who won't give up
Des Ryan,
She's the sailor who just won't give up. British grandmother Jeanne Socrates is to attempt, once again, to sail non-stop solo round the globe on her yacht Nereida.... [more]
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Four tall ships will star at 2010 Classic Wooden Boat Festival
Shirani Aththas,
Four tall ships will star at 2010 Classic Wooden Boat Festival - Themed Old is New, the festival will look at various ways boat owners and enthusiasts can recycle, reuse and restore. There'll be talks and demonstrations on solar power for boats, vessel restoration, past sailing traditions, sustainability and much more....... [more]
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Yacht dismasted: What to do differently?
Sail-World Cruising,
'The best mistakes to learn by are other people's.' They were exiting the river, being guided by navigation markers, and put up their genoa. There was a sudden torrential downpour, giving nil visibility. Moments later, they hit a Marker Post and the mast came down. The question that might occupy the minds of all active sailors is: What could they (should I in the future) have done differently?... [more]
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Introducing the Beneteau Sense
Lucy Hogan,
Groupe Beneteau displayed the Sense 50 for the first time at the Cannes boatshow in France last week. Here we profile Beneteau's new offering and what they have to say about its features: The new and sleek design includes many fresh ideas of Berret Racoupeau, Studio Nauta and the Beneteau in-house design team. A remarkable re-working of life on board a yacht.... [more]
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Suddenly Alone - would you or your crew know what to do?
Des Ryan,
One of the nightmare scenarios for sailing couples is the loss or incapacitation of one of the parties. That's why the Seven Seas U's webinar 'Suddenly Alone' on the October 7th is a vital knowledge gain, not only for couples, but for all who sail short handed. The charm of the course is that you can take it anywhere in the world, online.... [more]
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Exuma wins Monaco Yacht Show's Green Award - but look at the toys
Lee Mylchreest,
With luxury yachts competing to show off their Green attributes at the Monaco Yacht last week, it was the newly launched 50metre Exuma that won the show's Green Plus Yacht Award 2010, presented Friday by eco-campaigner Prince Albert to its Monaco-resident owner.... [more]
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Two Fijians honoured for rescuing international cruising sailors
Nancy Knudsen,
In this, the Year of the Seafarer, the Fijian Government has made two awards for valorous conduct for the rescue of international cruising sailors in the vicinity of Fiji. The awards were made at the Suva Yacht Club on Maritime Day by the Minister for Transport Timoci Natuva, in respect of two separate incidents.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait -Attention Skippers and Crew – What YOU can do!!
Heaven Can Wait Media,
The Heaven Can Wait regatta is all about raising money for Mens Cancer Research. So far in 2010, a week out from the regatta, we have raised $18,000, with an initial target of $25,000 but we believe we can raise as much as $35,000 this year if all the skippers and crews pull together.... [more]
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Flotilla sailing in Croatia - Episode 2
Meghan Cleary, American Sailing Association,
The American Sailing Association is flotilla sailing in Croatia. Following on the first episode, here Meghan Cleary takes up her description of their experiences: The destination for our second day was the tiny island of Vis. After a lunchtime stop at Tito's private submarine base, we sailed around the point into the beautiful cove of Luka Vis.... [more]
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Keeping track of Laura Dekker: Happy Birthday!
Nancy Knudsen,
Laura Dekker, the 14-year-old Dutch sailor who has started her planned solo circumnavigation, and is berthed in Marina Rubicon on the island of Lanzarote in the Canary Islands, has turned fifteen! Most parents would say that they would worry for their fifteen-year-old spending her birthday alone, far from home and with no family around, but Laura - and her family - seem to take it in their stride.... [more]
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Planes watching over Australia's marine mammals
Freya Contos/Murdoch University,
Murdoch University - Unmanned aircraft have been zooming around Shark Bay for the past week in Australia's first trial to see whether these military style drones can help us manage and conserve our marine mammals.... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait 2010 Event Schedule
Heaven Can Wait Media,
Here are some important time lines for participants in the fifth annual Heaven Can Wait event... [more]
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Heaven Can Wait - Bookings NOW -Dinner with Slingsby and Outteridge
Heaven Can Wait Media Centre,
Bookings for the Heaven Can Wait Charity Dinner have NOW Opened at www.heavencanwait.com.au. Two of Australia's international sailing superstars, Tom Slingsby and Nathan Outteridge, will participate in this year's Heaven Can Wait charity yacht regatta on Lake Macquarie during the October long weekend to raise funds for men's cancer research and support program.... [more]
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